Corner Brook Barons win provincial senior B title

Published on July 16, 2017

Lefty Matt Colbourne delivers a pitch for the Corner Brook Barons against the Gander Pilots in the final game at the provincial senior B baseball tournament Sunday.

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The Corner Brook Barons defended their provincial B baseball championship over the weekend at Jubilee Field.

They finished tied atop the standings after the double round robin with a 3-1 record with the Stafford Welding Gander Pilots. The other entrant in the tourney the Mt. Pearl Blazers were winless in four games. 

In the round robin, Gander defeated the Barons 7-4 with Alex Walsh picking up the win over Adam Warren. On Saturday, the Barons rebounded with an 11-6 victory with Shawn Anderson earning the win on the mound. Player of the game for the Barons was Steve Hynes, who had a day with four hits and eight RBIs, including a grand slam.

In the Barons final game of the round robin, Hynes secured the pitching win as the Barons defeated the Blazers 14-1. Darren Colbourne snagged player of the game honours, driving in 6 runs.

In the final on a sunny Sunday afternoon, the Barons jumped out to an early 3-0 lead before the Pilots edged closer, making the score 3-2 Barons heading into the last inning, setting the stage for some drama.

First off, Mike Dyke hit a solo shot, his second homer of the tournament, in the top of the 7th to tie the game at 3 heading to the bottom of the inning. Aaron Flood led off the inning with a double down the left field line. Greg Sharpe then laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Flood to third with the heart of the Barons lineup waiting. 

Rather then walk Colbourne and Hynes to load the bases, setting up the force at all bases, the Pilots elected to pitch to the Barons strength. AJ Whiffen got ahead two strikes in the count. The 0-2 pitch was a good pitch off the plate but Colbourne reached out and spanked a line drive past the drawn in infield for the walk-off victory. 

Matt Colbourne earned the win throwing a great complete game that earned him player of the game honours and top pitcher for the tournament. Whiffen took the loss for Gander.

The top batter for the tournament was Kevin Miller of Gander who had a. 600 average in the tournament.

Hynes of the Barons was the MVP for the tournament finishing with a .400 batting average, 11 runs batted in and a win from the hill.

In two weeks the St. John's Caps will visit Jubilee for Games 1-3 of the Senior A final.